Guan Eng: We are prepared to work with Umno but not during general election

Lim (left) and Umno president Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi in a file photo – The Rocket photo

THE DAP is willing to work with Umno to help restore Parliament but not in the upcoming general election, said Lim Guan Eng.

“DAP reiterates there is no political cooperation with Umno, and the central committee has not changed its previous policy on this,” DAP secretary-general Lim said.

He added that the party is willing to cooperate for the people’s benefit as it had done in Perak and Johor with the state governments led by Umno, where allocations were given to opposition constituencies, according to media reports.

“For instance, DAP is willing to work with Umno MPs to force the PN government to convene Parliament and review harsh laws such as the imposition of RM10,000 fines on individuals and RM50,000 on companies.

“This is different from political cooperation in the coming general election,” he said.

“We now have a strange situation where every business establishment, school, pasar malam, and even sports stadium is open, except Parliament,” the Bagan MP said when opening the Penang state DAP convention today.

He said the Penang government is prepared to uphold parliamentary democracy and convene the assembly but could not do it as Parliament and state assemblies are suspended during the current state of emergency.

Lim said the King had also said Parliament can convene during the emergency.

Lim added that Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s strong criticism of Myanmar for suspending Parliament was ironic when he is equally guilty of doing the same in Malaysia.

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